Old Joe Clark Mandolin Contest!


#51

Good Job boys.


#52

Great job, everyone! I’ll do a FB live today at noon central and also post the 3 winners here. I’ll then follow up with the winners via email. Thanks!


#53

Nice job, Rebecca. All that and left handed too. Great!!


#54

Mighty impressive!


#55

Thanks Wendell. I use Banjo Ben’s site a lot and I take an “on-ground” lesson and hour a week. Practice every day 2-4 times


#56

Good job. Keep it up


#57

It’s funny to see so many put themselves in front of the camera and play. Really enjoyed all of them.


#58

Yes, it’s good for people! I’m so proud of the entries! It takes a lot of courage and hard work to make a video and upload it. Even if an entrant doesn’t win, they still benefit from the process greatly.


#59

Congrats to Courtney (@Wendell) Martin, Ron Gray (@rsgray1906), and Art Gibson ( @Art) for winning the contest! You can watch the video of me drawing the winners at facebook.com/thebanjoben

I’ll be emailing the winners, so keep an eye out for that. AND, check back later this week for a banjo contest! Thanks for all the entries!


#60

Thanks, @BanjoBen! We enjoyed it! Looking forward to the banjo contest now…


#61

Thanks for the contest Ben!!!


#62

Congratulations to the winners and to everyone who put up an entry!

It’s great to see so many put up a video entry!


#63

Just like to echo what Dave Long had to say and add that it is really nice to see lots more ladies posting vids.


#64

True!

This was my first time ever recording myself on any instrument. One thing I noticed in the process was that I was shooting myself in the foot with my fretting hand. I noticed that I was curling my wrist underneath the mandolin as a way to cradle the neck, which was actually severely inhibiting my reach up the neck with my ring and pinky fingers.

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(I commented on one problem here). I started working on a more solid wrist position and saw instant improvement.

I wondered if I was doing the same thing with my banjo playing. Sure 'nuff. I made the adjustments and licks I’ve had trouble with for years instantly worked themselves out.


#65

So many great musicians on here playing for the love of the music. I’m inspired! I enjoyed every single video!


#66

Very nice take on that. Sounded almost like a waltz. I think I heard some minor notes in there too.


#67

Mark, if you’re not performing publicly for people, you really should be.


#68

Thanks! My goal is to get good enough on banjo to find a local bluegrass band to do gigs with. That was my intention when I joined Ben’s site… then life got in the way, but trying to get back on track.


#69

Thanks for the contest Ben that even beginners could participate. I thoroughly enjoyed and was inspired by all of the videos!


#70

Thanks!